Starting next September, the United States Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will introduce new requirements to select its beneficiaries.
Many changes will come into effect from the first day of the ninth month of the current year.
However, not all planned activities are implemented simultaneously. Some will be phased in by 2024. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) confirmed upcoming changes to the well-known SNAP program.
The new changes will be implemented under the Fiscal Responsibility Act, published on June 3.
Its main objectives are to suspend the debt ceiling and reduce the government deficit. This necessitated several changes to some federal programs, such as SNAP.
The historical requirement now affected is that adults applying for the program must be independent. This means they are employed and have no dependents.
Under current standards, the opposite is true. The new law proposes to gradually increase the age of persons subject to a feature known as ABAWD.
From September 1, the age change for those covered by ABAWD comes into force. Now the limit will increase to 50 years. A month later, the amendment will set the age limit at 52 years for those eligible. In October 2024, the cap will reach age 54 for those subject to ABAWD.
Don’t worry if you don’t meet the requirements described above. The Food and Nutrition Act allows states to apply for temporary exemptions in areas with unemployment rates above 10%.
The same happens in areas where there are not enough jobs. All discounts are valid till October 1, 2030.
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